Established in 1998, America Reads strives to ensure every child who participates can read well and independently. Bradley students serve as after-school tutors at various locations in the community to provide free tutoring in the area of reading. Evening tutoring sessions are also conducted in Bradley’s Campustown facility. Evening sessions are available Monday through Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Application Information for Parents/Guardians of Local Children

Family members of local children, Kindergarten through 8th grade, can apply to participate in the evening program. There is no charge for these tutoring sessions. Children will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and will be expected to regularly attend the sessions for which they are registered. Please keep in mind that this is not a “drop-in” program, but a program that requires attendance on a regular basis to show improvement in reading skills. If you are interested in having your child receive free tutoring in the area of reading, please complete the online application.


Fall 2023

   Tutoring begins the week of September 18, 2023

   Tutoring ends on December 5, 2023

Spring 2024

   Tutoring begins the week of February 5, 2024

   Tutoring ends on April 30, 2024


If you have further questions, please contact the Smith Career Center, (309) 677-2510 or send an email to

Interested in Becoming a Tutor?

Bradley University students who have Federal College Work Study can inquire in the Smith Career Center or send an email to to obtain an application for the paid position with the America Reads Program. Tutors work 2-10 hours per week, assisting local children K-8th grade.